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New face joins the Liverpool line-up with Thiago and Stefan Bajcetic and Ex-Liverpool manager named manager of Premier League club after surprise departure

Liverpool resumed work at the AXA Training Center on Wednesday, four days before the start of the season, with a new face in session.

The Reds were given a break after a 3-1 win over Darmstadt completed their schedule of friendlies, but returned to Kirkby mid-week.

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With a move to Chelsea to kick off the Premier League season, it’s been a mixed session for the team in the summer sun.

Most of Jurgen Klopp’s squad consisted of those involved during the pre-season, but youngster Luke Chambers joined the first team.

Chambers had been absent throughout pre-season for both the first team and under-21s due to loan interest from Watford and Bayer Leverkusen.

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But the versatile defender was photographed warming up alongside Kostas Tsimikas and Bobby Clark on Wednesday.

The squad also included Thiago and Stefan Bajcetic, who are mostly fit after prolonged injuries.

The 10 outfield players who started against Darmstadt were recovering on matchday two, which saw tennis games headed away from the rest of the group.

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Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Cody Gakpo, Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota have all avoided injury and are likely to start on Sunday.

Another positive aspect was the involvement of Curtis Jones, who took victory over Darmstadt with a backhand but apparently survived it.

Youngsters signed on pre-season trips to Germany, Singapore and Preston included Clark, Ben Doak, Jarell Quansah, James McConnell and Calum Scanlon.

Vitezslav Jaros and Marcelo Pitaluga, both ruled out of the Singapore tour and instead playing one half each in the Under-21s’ 5-0 win over Hull on Friday, returned to the goalkeeper line.

The hope is that there will be no further injury concerns in the coming days at Stamford Bridge, although there is no sign of Darwin Nunez.

However, it’s worth pointing out that the Uruguayan may simply have been absent from the squad for a brief while or pursuing an individual program elsewhere.

Conor Bradley, who has been out of the squad due to a minor injury since training camp in Germany, remains.

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Kelleher, Adrian, Jaros, Pitaluga

Defenders: Van Dijk, Konate, Matip, Gomez, Quansah, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Tsimikas, Chambers, Scanlon

Midfielders: Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Thiago, Jones, Elliott, Bajcetic, Clark, McConnell Forwards: Salah, Gakpo, Diaz, Jota, Doak

Ex-Liverpool manager named manager of Premier League club after surprise departure

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The first change of direction of the new Premier League season happened before a ball was even kicked

Wolves have confirmed Gary O’Neil as their new manager ahead of the opening weekend of the 2023/24 Premier League season.

The West Midlands club confirmed last night they had parted ways with Julen Lopetegui days before their first game of the season, after agreeing to an amicable departure.

O’Neil was chosen to replace the Spaniard and comes after an impressive tenure as Bournemouth manager last season, during which he confidently guided the Cherries to safety following his appointment in November.

The 40-year-old was surprisingly released by the South Coast side at the end of June to sign Andoni Iraola, who had coached Rayo Vallecano for three years prior to the appointment.

O’Neil was previously assistant to Liverpool Under-23 manager Barry Lewtas, a position he took up in August 2020.

Only six months in this position, however, he left Merseyside to accept a first team manager role at Bournemouth.

During his playing career he represented Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and West Ham United as a central midfielder and was promoted from the Championship to the Premier League three times.

Liverpool will face O’Neil for the first time on 16 September when he makes the trip to Molineux before locking horns with Wolves again at Anfield on the final day of the season.

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